The risks of fire in Substations are several and the possible impacts of a fire can be catastrophic. Fires in substations can severely impact the supply of power to customers and the utility company’s revenue and assets. The understanding of the fire hazards, the risks involved, and the introduction of appropriate fire-protection mitigation measures are some of the key considerations for the design and operation of new or existing substations.
A Power Plant also possesses several risk areas where a fire or an explosion can occur. Common problems are hot particles and foreign materials in the incoming line which can cause ignition in the process. Another common problem is friction, which can occur in several places in the process for reasons such as poor quality material used in construction. Power generating plants comprises of many different areas, each with distinct equipment with unique hazards. Implementing a comprehensive fire protection system that includes fire detection and suppression can be a complex challenge that requires relevant experience and a thorough understanding of the intricacies of power generating plants.
The choice of fire-fighting equipment is dependent on its suitability for electrical fires but also on cost and the importance of the electrical supplies at the point in question. Fixed systems use water sprinklers, carbon dioxide, and halon gas. Both halon gas and carbon dioxide can suffocate personnel trapped in the discharge area. Strict precautions must, therefore, be taken to lock-off the equipment when staffs are present. There is also the use of sand, blankets and fire hoses. Fire doors are a very important means of limiting the spread of fire, and ventilating systems should also be provided with automatic shut-down if not with automatic dampers in the event of a fire. Fire drill is also important and should not be neglected on a building site.
Wide range of fire protection systems and products are used in these facilities. These include sprinkler tanks, fire hydrants, fire extinguishers and systems using sprinkler/water spray, detection/alarm devices, mineral insulated cables and many others that provide protection from aforesaid hazards. Therefore, using high-quality firefighting products area critical and indispensable requirement in the construction and maintenance of Substations & Power Plants.
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